How to Wash a Cabbage Patch Doll's Hair

Is your Cabbage Patch doll's yarn hair a mess? This is a gentle, simple way to wash your Cabbage Patch doll's hair.


  1. Image titled Remove the clothes Step 1
    Remove the clothes from around the doll's head area. It might be easier to completely undress the doll.
  2. Image titled Pour some warm water and liquid soap into a large bowl Step 2
    Pour some warm water into a large bowl. Add some liquid hand soap or rub in normal hand washing soap until the water froths up. The soap must be gentle.
  3. Image titled Wash the doll's hair Step 3
    Wash the doll's hair. Tip the doll upside down and hold its hair into the washing bowl. Avoid dunking any of the head - just let the hair dangle in. Swish the hair using a circular motion.
  4. Image titled Squeeze the doll's hair in one hand Step 4
    Squeeze the doll's hair in one hand. Do this scrunching gently and repeatedly to remove build-up of grime.
  5. Image titled Remove the doll's hair from the water Step 5
    Remove the doll's hair from the water. Lay the doll's head on a pre-folded towel to wait for rinsing.
  6. Image titled Fill the bowl again with more warm water and scrunch the hair gently Step 6
    Fill the bowl again with more warm water. Scrunch gently to remove the soap from the hair.
  7. Image titled Remove the doll again and place back on the folded towel Step 7
    Remove the doll again and place back on the folded towel. Gently squeeze the hair and let the water run into the towel. When you have finished squeezing out the water, proceed to the next step.
  8. Image titled Let the doll's hair air dry, overnight is good Step 8
    Let the doll's hair air dry. Leaving the doll on the dry end of the towel (or use a new towel), spread out the doll's hair away from the rest of the doll. Leave it to dry. Overnight is good.
  9. Image titled Finger brush and style Step 9
    Finger brush and style. Once dry, you can try to restore some style to the hair, as wished.


  • Only finger brush; don't try using a real brush or you will break the hair.
  • Use mild hand soap only.
  • Use a light detangler if wished (optional).


  • Use lukewarm water; do not use hot water.

Things You'll Need

  • Cabbage patch doll
  • Water
  • Bowl, large
  • Towel
  • Gentle hand soap/liquid hand soap

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Categories: Dolls and Doll Houses